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Librarians and Danielson and PA

Late last spring, our district distributed the Danielson Framework for Teaching rubric listing the components of instruction–divided into 22 components and 76 smaller elements, and clustered into four domains. Danielson’s Framework, is designed to serve as the the foundation of a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all those activities together [...]

Thinking about credibility and about Turnitin’s SEER: The Source Educational Evaluation Rubric

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I’ve not been a huge fan of listy/form type evaluation tools.  So much of the process of assessing credibility has to do with context. Black and white decisions and rules of thumb are far more fuzzy in a read/write, citizen journalist, open scholarship, media-rich web. Truth is, I often find value in casually published, unvetted [...]

Four tools for determining web cred

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Not all information tasks are the same.  And because sources that may be perfect for analyzing Hamlet’s motivation, may not be right for examining what’s happening now in Damascus or how far down we might fall from the fiscal cliff, learners need new credibility assessment strategies. As teachers and librarians we are used to discussing [...]

EasyBib’s New Extensions: two/too “easy buttons”?

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This past week, in its Educator Blog, EasyBib announced its Chrome Toolbar Extension, available for free download in the Chrome Web Store. Essentially, the tool allows users to do two things: Automatically cite web sites with one click using the EasyBib Toolbar. Receive advice on the credibility of the web site you’re citing. The toolbar extension [...]

New York approves a new school librarian evaluation rubric

Sara Kelly Johns just shared this news from New York State. The New York State Department of Education (SED) recently approved a school library evaluation rubric. Sara shares: This rubric means that school librarians will be evaluated as school librarians, not classroom teachers and was the third submission in an effort led by the Section [...]

Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality

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Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society released an interesting paper today focusing on how young people use digital media–how they search for and evaluate information, how they create, their levels of new literacies, and the social patterns that affect their work. Investigators Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, & Ashley Lee drew heavily from [...]

On Why Johnny Can’t Search (with shout-outs to Francey & Buffy!)

This month Clive Thompson addressed Why Johnny Can’t Search in November’s Wired.  He also pointed to the importance of librarians teaching Johnny critical search skills. Thompson reported on research conducted by College of Charleston business professor Bing Pan, designed to assess college students’ search skills. Pan and his team found that the students generally relied on [...]

Truth, Lies, and the Internet

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Truth, Lies and the Internet, a just-published report from the British think-tank Demos, shares that, despite their feelings of efficacy, young people are not careful, discerning users of the Internet. Researchers Jamie Bartlett and Carl Miller reviewed current literature and conducted an online survey of 509 primary and secondary school teachers in England and Wales [...]